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[ 29 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

Finding a family holiday that ticks all the boxes can be tricky, can’t it? Some family members want wall to wall sunshine and a decent beach, while others want water parks or a well-stocked shopping centre. And it’s a complete mystery what our teenagers want from holiday… aside from decent WiFi, of course! So, if you’re struggling for destination ideas that suit everyone, why not consider these?
The Canary Islands
Located just off the north-west coast of Africa, The Canary Islands should be top of your shortlist. Consisting of five islands, …

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[ 26 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

Getting kids back into a term time sleep routine doesn’t have to be a nightmare according to The Sleep Council.
Late nights, long lie ins and days without structure are just some of the reasons the summer holidays play havoc with children’s sleeping patterns. But as the start of a new school year looms, parents are advised to start trying to re-establish their regular sleep routines a good week before they go back.
Said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council: “It’s not uncommon to find that the long break disrupts bed and …

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[ 18 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

WHY DON’T YOU… Hold a family sports day
In a recent poll, sport was one of the top three activities children told us they wanted to do with their parents, so why not turn an area of your garden or your local park into your very own sporting arena? Hold a running race, beanbag throw, mini hurdles or go retro with a game of rounders.
WHY DON’T YOU… Go on a nature treasure hunt
Make a map with a list of ‘treasure’ on it that the family has to tick off and find …

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[ 1 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

Last week, we climbed, canoed, went orienteering, shot clay pigeons, walked to Mont St Michel and made bread. We built a raft, did an assault course and tie dyed t-shirts. We played palet and petanque, had a campfire, and some of us tasted wines of Normandy.
We have just returned from a fabulous week with Family Adventure Holidays at their Normandy Chateau. We slept in a treehouse up in a small woodland village along with four other families in a mix of yurts, treehouses and a cottage. Conditions were fairly simple, …

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[ 25 May 2017 | No Comment ]

Millions of Brits are breaking driving laws abroad every year, risking lives and hefty fines –Specialist Travel lawyer Kieran Mitchell tells us why it is important to familiarise yourself with foreign road signs and driving laws before getting behind the wheel
Nearly a quarter of Brits admit to being blasé towards road rules when driving abroad, with just one in five familiarising themselves with the laws before getting behind the wheel reveals a new research released today.
Over half of British drivers say they are more likely to break driving laws …

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[ 5 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]

Travelling with your children is a wonderful experience: it is a great time to bond as a family, and it is also a fantastic way to help your children learn. Our children got their first passports when they were only a few weeks old, and since then we have travelled extensively with them, and spent time living overseas. My new book Road School tells the story of what happened when we took our children out of school to learn ‘on the road’ for six months, and what we learned about …

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[ 3 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
Top Tips to Save Money on Your Family Holiday

New research shows that more than four in ten (41%) British parents have had to forgo a family get away during school holidays due to price hikes making it unaffordable.
It has been revealed that more than 90,000 parents in England and Wales were fined a total of £5.6m over the 2015 academic year for taking their children out of school for holidays during term time – a sum almost four times higher than the year 2012-13*.
Previously, head teachers were able to grant up to two weeks a year for family holidays in “special circumstances”, but …

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[ 27 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Back to school sleep tips – the countdown starts now

Late nights, long lie ins and days without structure are just some of the joys the summer holidays bring kids – but it also plays havoc on their sleep patterns.
“As the start of a new school year looms, now is the time to get children back into their regular sleep routines,” said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council.
“It’s not uncommon to find that the long break disrupts bed and wake up times. However routine is key for a good night’s kip and in order to readjust sleep patterns, specialists recommend …

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[ 25 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
New Mum Nurturing in Sussex #motherhood #specialoffer

This October Australian retreat group Motherground are so excited to be sharing the Motherground experience with our mumma friends in the UK. Partnering up with the amazing Suzanne Cork Yoga to offer you a retreat experience like no other.
Becoming a new mum is a time when there is so much giving of yourself, a Motherground retreat will give you back what you need, so you can take a breath for you. Take some time out for you and your baby and make it your time to unwind, relax and reground. This is a dedicated time …

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[ 15 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

Retro games and activities can involve everyone, it’s easy to let the children wander off and play in their own world without you, whilst you go off and get into general house work and lose track of time without getting involved. AXA PPP Healthcare has four retro ideas to keep your kids occupied this summer:

Get skating! I’m sure that most of us can remember having a pair of funky coloured quad skates at some point? Yes… roller skates, leg warmers, fluorescent head bands – I am sure you remember how …